A Message from The Churchwardens

We would like to thank everyone who has helped and supported us through the vacancy.  Your assistance, kind words, prayers and forbearance when things go wrong means a lot to us.  So we would like to thank you!

At the moment, we particularly need more volunteers to serve coffees after services in both churches.  However there are also many other roles to which your gifts may be suited – church cleaning, welcomers, readers, news sheet delivery to name but a few.   St Peter’s particularly needs people to be at the door before services to greet folk and hand out hymn books.  If you can help in any way, please speak to one of us.

George, Janet, Sarah, & Sue

Irene Marsden’s Funeral is at 2pm on Tuesday 31 May at Taunton Crematorium, then back to the Salvation Army Hall in Watchet.  We continue to hold Clive and Donna and all the family in our prayers.

The Collect

God our redeemer,
you have delivered us from the power of darkness
and brought us into the Kingdom of your Son: grant, that as by his death
he has recalled us to life,
so by his continual presence in us he may raise us to eternal joy;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen

DATE FOR YOUR DIARIES
Sunday 5th June        10.30am at St Decuman’s       Civic Service to celebrate HM The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

   **** Please note this is at St Decuman'sNOTat The Methodist Church as incorrectly noted in "Watchet Connects" ****

Thursday 21st  July    7.00pm at St Peter's                Licensing of Revd Mark Phillips

Readings
Acts 16. 9-15
Psalm 67
John 14. 23-29

Civic Service at St Decuman’s

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

This is advance notice that we will have a Civic Service at St Decuman’s on Sunday 5th June at 10.30am, with the Town Mayor and Councillors in attendance.   As it won’t be a communion service, we will have a communion at 9am.

More details to follow.

BENEFICE TEAM INFORMATION


Please contact your churchwardens with enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals, etc. and any member of the Benefice team is happy to be contacted with general enquiries, requests for prayers, etc. 

Benefice Team:
George Fenech                       Churchwarden St Peter’s                             Tel: 01984-633577                         email: georgefenech44@gmail.com
Sue Withycombe                    Churchwarden St Peter’s                             Tel: 01984-632596                         email: withysue10@gmail.com
Sarah Lander                          Churchwarden St Decuman’s                      Tel: 07765-881229                        email: sclarkelander@gmail.com
Janet Bremner                        Churchwarden St Decuman’s                      Tel: 01984-632118                        email: janetbremner31@btinternet.com
Donna Marsden                     Reader                                                             Tel: 01984-633707                        email: donnamarsden01@yahoo.co.uk   
Julie Pelling                              Reader                                                             Tel: 07973-961083                        email: julie@nickandju.plus.com

Benefice Website:                 www.watchetandwillitonbenefice.com

Facebook Pages:                   www.facebook.com/StPetersChurchWilliton   
                                                   www.facebook.com/St-Decumans-120766092644415

Our Parish Safeguarding Officersare:

Mrs Sara Hempshall & Mrs Jackie Smith who can be contacted by telephone: 07961-268411 & by email: safeguardingstdecsstpeters@gmail.com

The Sixth Sunday of Easter is sometimes also known as ‘Rogation Sunday’ (Latin rogare – to ask) when the Church prays especially for all who work in agriculture. In country areas, people traditionally process through the fields praying for God’s blessing on the crops and livestock. Today the Church also anticipates the great festival (next Thursday) of our Lord’s Ascension into heaven, having completed his saving work on earth.

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CAMEO (Come and Meet Each Other)

CAMEO continues on Thursdays in St Peter’s church, 10am-12pm. Everyone welcome to drop in for coffee and chat.  Please speak to George or Sue if you have any questions.

Quantock Foodbank

Please continue to support the Foodbank  There are boxes at the back of both Churches for food donations.


quantockfoodbank@gmail.com        07483-815122

Prayers for the Benefice

Each week we join our Baptist friends in praying for a local road or street. This week it is

Mill Lane in Watchet

Orchard Close in Williton

Pray for God’s blessing on those who live there.

Prayers

We are holding in our thoughts and prayers:

Graham Coggins, Shirley Dee, Jane Don, Jenny &
The People of Ukraine. 

If you would like to be included on the prayer list, please let Sarah or Sue (or another member of the Benefice  team) know.

Plant Stall at St Decuman's after Sunday Services


Last year the plant stall was hugely popular. People brought plants and bought new ones, or swapped with each other, and all the monies raised went into church funds.  

So, do bring any surplus plants and money on Sundays until the planting season is over. 

Quantock Deanery Prayer Diary -  Every day of the month we pray for different people in our Deanery


Watchet & Williton Benefice
22nd        Mark Phillips (Vicar designate); Jane Sperring (Methodist), Mike Sherburn (Baptist), Sam Searle (Salvation Army), Vincent Woods (Roman Catholic)
23rd         Donna Marsden, Julie Pelling (Readers)                                                
24th         Richard Allen, Andrew Tatham (Retired clergy)
25th         Danesfield C of E Middle School, Knights Templar C of E & Methodist First School, St Peter’s C of E First School

Chaplaincies
26th         The Staff and visitors to Great Wood Camp, Patrick Weld (Chaplain)
27th         The employees and contractors at the three Hinkley Point Power Stations (A, B, and C), Ewen Huffman (Chaplain to HPC) and volunteer chaplains
28th         The staff and patients of Cannington Health Centre, Quantock Medical Centre (Nether Stowey)

                 West Somerset Healthcare (Watchet and Williton surgeries), Williton Community Hospital, and the staff and residents of Croft House (Williton)

                 and The Old Vicarage Care Home (Stockland)

And don’t forget…

Eliza is aiming ro run 100km this month to raise funds for SOS Chai, along with some other members of the team.

If you would like to sponsor her, you can use the just giving link here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/soschai14

You can keep up to date with Eliza’s progress on the challenge via

her instagram page @elizapfrance

Cream Teas

This year we have decided to do cream teas at St Peter’s throughout the summer rather than all in August.

The dates will be 12 and 26 June, 03 and 17 July and

07 and 21 August. 

On 03 July we would like to incorporate a mini fete - more details to follow. If you are able to help on any of these days, please could you let either Liz Payne or myself know.

Thank you, Sara.  sara.hempshall@hotmail.co.uk or07427-969892.
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Today’s Worship and Readings
9.15am        Parish Communion  at St Peter's
10.30am      Parish Communion at St Decuman's

                       (followed by Annual Church Meeting)


Next Sunday 29th May

10.00am        Benefice Communtion at St Peter's

                        No Parish Communion at St Decuman's


Both churches will usually be open every day between 8.30am and 6.00pm (approximately).


Dates for the week ahead:
Monday 23rd May                9.45am                       Morning Prayer at Holy Cross
Tuesday 24th May                10.00am                     Little Saints at the Meeting Room, Williton
Wednesday 25th May          10.00am                     Little Saints at Salvation Army Hall, Watchet
                                                 7.00pm                       Watchet Consort rehearsal at Holy Cross         
Thursday 26th May               9.45am                       Ascension Day service at St Peter’s
                                                 10.00am                     CAMEO at St Peter’s
Saturday 28th May               10.00am                     Flute Choir rehearsal at Holy Cross

MARITIME MAYHEM’ AT THE EAST QUAY, WATCHET
FRIDAY 27TH – SUNDAY 29TH MAY

WHICH FINISHES WITH A DRAMA

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‘HOLY COW!’

FEATURING A TIME-TRAVELLING ST DECUMAN AND HIS COW

SUNDAY 29 MAY 2022 at 5:30pm

Free-of-Charge


This performance is the finale to Watchet's Maritime Mayhem weekend.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project will also result in new permanent displays to be held at the Boat Museum and at East Quay as well as a series of animated films to keep the stories alive into the future.

HOLY COW! is inspired by the story of St. Decuman, Watchet's now-beloved patron saint, and his cow. Famously, St Decuman travelled from Wales intent on converting the heathens of Watchet... (SPOILER: he wasn't well received and lost his head in the process!).


But this isn’t our story. Our retelling of this local legend sees Decuman and his cow lose each other in the fabled Bristol Triangle, each being propelled on a separate journey through time and Watchet’s rich history. Come see the pirates and poets, landowners and landlubbers, seafarers and shantymen, as our two lost souls work their way through 1,316 years to find each other again.

The Benefice of Watchet and Williton
Sunday 22nd May 2022


 

THE SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

'Rogation Sunday’